Drinking Water for Forty Marginalized Families

Perennial water source upstream
Perennial water source upstream
Perennial water source upstream
We want to put a smile on the face of these women and children and lessen the burden of struggle for water
They do not have wells or any likelihood of possible connections to the main Government water supply network
These women and children walk a path of 3km every single day tireless to fetch a pot of water for their daily usage
The water so stored will be distributed to the user forty families through PVC pipelines laid by the community
The 3km walk results in collecting water from this perenial stream which has no purified quality.

IDRF supported RLF projects, stages I and II, have helped 60 families out of a community of 120 families in Nillambe Stage II Colony in Gampola Udapalatha in the Kandy District. These families are mainly engaged in improved pepper cultivation which is ideally suited to the agro climatic conditions of the area. They are at present making the best possible use of these funds provided by IDRF.

In this community there are forty families which are facing a severe drinking water problem. They do not have wells or any likelihood of possible connections to the main Government water supply network. At present somebody from these families have to trudge around 3 kms, up and down, to fetch drinking water, undertaken mostly by women and children. This problem has been the subject of discussions along with field visits for a long time with no likely solution in sight. The local Gram Niladhari and Assistant Government Agent of the area have been closely involved in these discussions along with the community.

They have collectively produced a workable solution to their desperate need for drinking water, to tap a perennial water source upstream without any serious repercussion to the environment of the area or other users. This water source will be tapped to direct some of the water to a stock tank constructed by the community. The water so stored will be distributed to the user forty families through PVC pipelines laid by the community.

The water will be brought down to the user families through gravity involving no expenses for pumping. The whole scheme will be planned and managed by the community. They will handle the construction and will also manage the maintenance of the project through a maintenance fund collected from the user families, fixed at present at Rs.60 monthly from each family. All the labour for construction and maintenance will be contributed by the community.

It will be managed by the CBO Nillambe Praja Mula Sanvidanaya affiliated to the NGO, Gampola Uda Palatha Praja Shakthi Padanama, who has been actively engaged for over 10 years with the Kandy District DC, HIFCO and SLCDF. The CBO has been functioning effectively for a period of over 10 years and has established itself as a reputed CBO in the area.

What has to be highlighted here is that the whole project has been planned, by the community with active support from the local Government machinery. It will be managed by the community and maintenance aspects will be handled by the users through their well managed CBOs.

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